Shaun White gave a lengthy interview to Bob Costas last night in Rio.
He’s lucky that was scheduled for last night, because today TMZ reported details on a lawsuit they first reported back in May. White is being sued by Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer in his band, and TMZ has the court documents, which include some fairly disturbing allegations.
How disturbing? Well, here’s a selection:
In new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Zawaideh claims she was subjected to the “darker, misogynistic personality” of White during her 7 years in the band.
Among the allegations, Zawaideh claims White sent her sexually explicit and graphic images of “engorged and erect penises” and forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos “including videos sexualizing human fecal matter.”
One of the videos Zawaideh claims she was forced to watch was a couple killing a bear and then having sex on top of it.
That TMZ report has screenshots of various texts White is alleged to have sent as well, including everything from nudity to demands that Zawaideh cut and style her hair to White’s preference. Beyond all of that, Zawaideh claims she wasn’t paid for the concert tour.
These are disgusting allegations, in every way imaginable. This is going to be a story, especially as White is planning on competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
White responded to the allegations, admitting to sending the texts while calling the lawsuit “bogus”.
“Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit.”
“There is absolutely no coincidence to the timing of her claims, and we will defend them vigorously in court.”
(Reads through allegations again.)